Please upload: cover letter, one picture book manuscript. May include illustrations. If middle grade or YA, please send cover letter, synopsis and first chapter.
Looking for: commercial picture books, especially by author-illustrators; middle grade, especially contemporary, fantasy, or historical fiction; middle grade that lends itself to illustration; YA contemporary, especially rom coms and unique fantasy set in non-Western settings; middle grade and YA graphic novels, especially by author-illustrators; high concept and commercial children's nonfiction
Not interested in: adult books; rhyming picture books; body humour; science fiction (for any age); issue books
Laurel Symonds is a US-based literary agent with The Bent Agency. She began agenting in 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books and has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction.